TI-Nspire™

We landed on the moon with less computing capabilities than you can find in this app! Here is a multiple function calculator that takes all the power you get from a handheld and adds the wonderful large screen that only a tablet can provide.  

6th - Higher Ed Math 1 Collection 15 Views 6 Downloads
CCSS: Adaptable
App Overview

The TI-Nspire app has the same features as the TI-Nspire CX handheld calculator and uses files that are compatible (.tns files).

One way to think about the differences between the handheld version and the app version is to consider the different parts of keyboard on the handheld and how it implemented in the app:

  • The navigation keys are now largely replaced by the ability to touch the tablet screen. Moving between features, selecting objects, and zooming, etc. are all controlled through the intuitive touch screen interface.
  • The handheld's traditional math and numeric keys are available to use, as well as the option to press and hold to see expanded keyboard options
  • The alphabetic keyboard is replaced with the tablet's QWERTY keyboard

As with the handheld, types of files or documents (can be arranged in folders) and can be easily shared. The app has built-in features that allow for the use of Dropbox or e-mail.

Major Features:

  • Calculator
  • Graphs
  • Geometry
  • List & Spreadsheets
  • Data & Statistics
  • Notes

An extensive list of all the built in functionality can be found on the TI website. 

The high-resolution screen of the tablet makes it possible to work with graphs of greater detail. It has the same multiple representation and dynamic linking capabilities as the handheld so users can see how equations, graphs, geometric, and numeric data relate and change together. 

 

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Instructional Ideas

  • Having this app on a tablet allows every member of the class to display their results through a media receiver such as Apple TV. Learners can share their ideas and describe their mathematical thinking. 
  • Sharing and printing results are also easy using the tablet's built in sharing features
  • Explore the many math and science Common Core-aligned activities and lessons on the Texas Instruments websites, or search on Lesson Planet for reviews and links to these activities
  • Have pupils document real-world explorations in the context of solving math problems. For example, have young mathematicians take pictures of slope, and overlay the graph on top of the photo to explore linear equations. Compare other types of equations similarly.
Classroom Considerations

  • While this app seems expensive in comparison to other apps, it is a relative bargain compared to the price of the same capabilities in a handheld calculator. 
  • Learners familiar with tablets may find the interface of the app more intuitive than the handheld. The ability to select objects, move graphs, zoom, and change equations and data lists all through the standard tablet gestures seems like a natural fit for most learners. 
Pros

  • This is a fully functional TI-Nspire calculator with the added high-resolution screen, sharing capabilities, and wireless computer power of a tablet. The possibilities for a math and science classroom are extensive. 
  • Inexpensive in comparison to the price of a handheld TI-Nspire calculator
Cons

  • The handheld model of the model of TI-Nspire is accepted by most standardized test organizations for exams such as the SAT, ACT, and AP exams. The tablet version is not. 
  • Relativiely expensive for an app
  • No USB connector Vernier EasyLink support
Common Core

MP5